Manifesting Happy is a journey of self-care for educators. The book is recognition of the essential capacity that educators fulfill each and every day. By combining two foundational theories, the dimensions of wellness and applied behavior analysis, readers will create a comprehensive self-care plan by which they can manifest a stronger sense of self and well-being. The book provides an overview of the eight dimensions of wellness and introduces opportunities to gain a better sense of holistic balance. Readers will be exposed to the science of behavior analysis and the benefits of grounding wellness to the scientific principle of the functions of behavior. Through an easy to follow four step planning process of Discover, Define, Design, and Do educators can create a self-care plan that will help them to manifest their happy in order to best support students in the classroom. The book also includes self-care strategies to practice and even ideas to implement with students.
Jenna Sage is a dedicated educator and author with a passion for supporting holistic well-being. As an applied behavior analyst she uses the science of behavior to improve quality of life for educators and students.
Self- Care and the Journey to Changing One’s Mind
What is self-care
Why is self-care important for educators
Eight Dimensions of Self-Care
Insights into Applied Behavior Analysis
What is Applied Behavior Analysis
ABCs of Behavior
Reinforcement and Punishment
Schedules of Reinforcement
Wellness in the Learning Space
Habits in the Classroom
ABA in the Classroom
Understanding the Reason for Being
Functions of Behavior
Amat Victoria Curam
Planning and Preparation for Self-Care
Planning for Self-Care
Creating and Defining Self-Care
Designing a Well Balanced Self-Care Plan
Put your Self-Care Plan in Action
Self-Care for Students
Crossing the Meridian
Tuck Like an Armadillo
Countdown to Calm
Self-Care is a Practice
In her book, Manifesting Happy: How to Maintain Self-Care Amidst Challenging Behaviors, Dr. Jenna Pollard Sage successfully marries Applied Behavior Analysis and the dimensions of wellness to create a workbook for all educators on self-care. Unlike so many other books, this book has actionable steps, and upon completion, the reader will have a written goal for accomplishing their self-care. This book would be beneficial for Pre-K through college-level teachers. In this day and time of family members being able to reach us 24 hours a day and continuously changing administrative demands upon our performance requirements as educators, this book is a benefit for maintaining inner peace as a human. I know several educators that I love that will be receiving this book as a gift. It would be perfect for Professional Learning Communities to do together and discuss.
Educators do more than "teach"; they model for their students how to navigate their world. For better and for worse, the teacher is the barometer of the classroom. If teacher "ain't happy, ain't nobody happy" (poor grammar aside!). We spend most of our days concerned about the well-being of those in our charge; it's a part of who we are. But no one will look out for your needs except for you. In Manifesting Happy, Jenna Sage gently, but effectively, gives educators a roadmap to the wellness and well-being they need to then be able to do what they are called to do. Filled with tried and true wellness strategies, Manifesting Happy offers educators a chance to do just that - a way to self-regulate their own happiness. Every educator should have this book on their desk or by their bedside.
Educators play one of the most important roles in shaping our country’s future. Jenna’s work to introduce self-care using a functional approach comes at a timely and much needed environment in history. The creative yet practical approach to taking care of our teachers and guiding them in how to reward their own healthy habits is pivotal. Helping professions have the highest rate of burn out and substance use ever. Thank you, Jenna, for focusing on the health and wellness of those tasked with one of the hardest roles in our community.